I feel happy to play in India: Shoaib Malik

Updated: Oct 28, 2010, 16:28 PM IST

Ranchi: Though Test matches between the two neighbouring countries have dried up, Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Malik on Thursday said he has always enjoyed playing in India.

"I feel happy to play in India before the crowd which is very good and drives me passionate (to play)," Malik said while speaking at the inaugural ceremony of a tennis academy, which was inaugurated by Chief Minister Arjun Munda along with Malik`s wife and tennis star Sania Mirza.

"The language of both the countries are the same and so is the cuisine. Then what is the difference," the former Pakistan skipper said adding he did not feel like being in another country.

Responding to Malik`s observations, Deputy Chief Minister Sudesh Mahto described Malik as "our country`s son-in-law".

Earlier, the famed couple exchanged a few shots with Chief Minister Arjun Munda and Mahto being across the tennis court.

Jharkhand State Cricket Association (JSCA) president Amitabh Choudhary promised that a world standard cricket stadium, now under construction, would be completed by 2011.